Todd Boehly expects to signal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Chelsea (Photos: Getty)
The Blues are determined to signal a brand new striker earlier than the summer season switch window closes on Thursday night time, having let their club-record signing – Romelu Lukaku – return to Italy final month.
Boehly, who purchased the membership from Roman Abramovich earlier within the yr, has already spent greater than £250m this summer season, bringing the likes of Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly to Stamford Bridge.
However Chelsea’s underwhelming begin to the season has satisfied Boehly and Thomas Tuchel that extra spending is required and the Blues intend to herald a brand new striker and midfielder earlier than the window shuts.
Aubameyang, who solely joined Barcelona in January, has emerged as Chelsea’s high goal and there’s a rising confidence at Stamford Bridge that the deal will likely be reached.
Whereas Aubameyang has largely impressed throughout his transient spell on the Nou Camp – scoring 13 targets in 24 appearances – Barcelona are prepared to dump him to be able to usher in some much-needed funds.
Manchester United additionally expressed curiosity in signing the previous Gunners striker however Chelsea are on the entrance of the queue and have entered into superior talks with Barcelona, based on Sky Sports.
Aubameyang has additionally performed within the Premier League for Arsenal (Image: Getty)
It’s claimed Chelsea’s newest supply would see Blues defender Alonso head to Barcelona in a player-plus-cash deal for Aubameyang.
Sky Sports activities add that each one events are ‘constructive, hopeful and prepared’ to iron out a deal earlier than the switch window shuts at 11pm on Thursday.
Aubameyang suffered a minor fracture of his jaw in an assault on his residence over the weekend and it appeared as if this might complicate Chelsea’s deal for the Gabon worldwide.
However Chelsea are stated to be sympathetic of Aubameyang’s damage and don’t see it as a motive to not pursue a last-gasp summer season deal.
Chelsea followers will know Aubameyang nicely from his largely profitable spell at London rivals Arsenal.
The striker scored 92 targets in 163 appearances for the Gunners and helped Mikel Arteta’s aspect win the FA Cup earlier than he was stripped of the captaincy and exiled.
Whereas Aubameyang encountered issues at Arsenal – and Borussia Dortmund earlier than his transfer to north London – Didi Hamann has endorsed Chelsea’s transfer.
The previous Liverpool and Germany midfielder instructed GGRecon: ‘Concerning Aubameyang, he had his antics at Borussia Dortmund earlier than he went to Arsenal however when you get somebody like him in, then you already know what you’re getting.
‘When you discover the important thing to the individual, not the participant, then I consider he’ll rating you targets. I can’t consider too many higher choices for Chelsea than him.’
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